Winfield girls, Hurricane boys win WV soccer titles
CHARLESTON -- The Hurricane boys capped an unbeaten season and the Winfield girls found redemption as both teams captured the Class AAA soccer state titles Wednesday.
Winfield finally clinched a title in their third consecutive year in the championship match, beating George Washington, 4-2. Hurricane got its championship with a 2-0 defeat of Parkersburg.
The girls' match was knotted, 2-2, as it headed into a second 10-minute overtime period.
Sophomore Jayne Lawman, who has been clutch for the Generals throughout the playoffs, found the back of the net twice in the overtime period to seal the win, and prevent going into a "golden goal" or sudden death overtime.
"I looked at her (Lawman), and my chest was tight and my vision was graying a bit, and I told her I can't take another overtime," head coach Marshall Hoff said with a bit of a laugh. "I said we need to finish this now, and she did it."
It was Lawman, who scored 30 goals for Winfield this season, who ended Huntington High's playoff run in the regional final with a golden goal.
Senior Emily Cole and freshman Mary Zulauf also had goals for Winfield in Wednesday's title match.
For the Generals, it's a return to glory and an end to frustration.
When girls' soccer was organized under the WVSSAC in 1995, Winfield won the first three state titles.
The Generals were the runners-up in 2010 and 2011, and Hoff had his team stick around after last year's defeat in penalty kicks to Morgantown to watch the other team celebrate. He said he wanted to instill the desire in his team to want that same feeling that Morgantown had.
"What a feeling," Hoff said, after being on the winning end. "Getting that close a couple of times, you really wonder if it'll ever happen.
"But to come back from last year, and play the way they've played, the effort they put in and the way they appreciate each other, it's been the best journey."
For the Hurricane boys, the journey was more of a cruise.
The Redskins went unbeaten throughout the season, surrendering one tie on Oct. 11. That tie came on their home field to the Parkersburg Big Reds.
Parkersburg has won seven state titles in boys' soccer, but couldn't find a way past Hurricane keeper Tim Hayslett Wednesday.
Alex White and Evan Miles had the goals for the Redskins.
"That Parkersburg program is one of the most storied programs in the history of West Virginia soccer," said Hurricane coach Jim Dagostine. "To win a title by beating them made it even more special."
Earlier in the week Dagostine had downplayed the importance of a state title, saying not winning it all wouldn't diminish what Hurricane had accomplished.
"You say it doesn't mean anything, but it does," Dagostine said with a wry laugh.